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French citizens in majority-Muslim countries warned to take precautions as Muslim anger boils over display of Muhammad cartoons


There is considerably less anger in the Muslim world over the French teacher who was beheaded

A boy holds a poster showing the portrait of French President Emmanuel Macron during a protest against Macron on Sunday in Istanbul, Turkey. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

In a sign of the growing tensions between France and much of the Muslim world, French citizens were warned by the French government on Tuesday about traveling abroad, particularly in some majority-Muslim countries where anger against France is running particularly high after French citizens displayed cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad in solidarity with schoolteacher Samuel Paty.

The controversy flared when Paty, a history teacher, displayed the cartoons of Muhammad to his class in October in order to make a point about free expression. The father of one of his students began an internet campaign against Paty, uploading videos to YouTube and Facebook, blasting the teacher, and claiming that he showed cartoons of Muhammad with his genitals exposed. The campaign caught fire in the Muslim world, with worldwide calls for reprisal against Paty and against the French government, who naturally refused to take action against Paty.

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